Joseph Rojek

Associate Director of Educational Programs in Education
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Ed.D., 2000, Loyola University Chicago
Certificate of Advanced Study/Superintendent Endorsement, 1987, University of Illinois
Certificate of Advanced Study/Type 75-Administrative Endorsement, 1980, Chicago State University
M.S., 1978, Chicago State University
B.A., 1972, De Paul University

Dr. Rojek serves as the Director of Educational Programs in Education. He began his career at Olivet in 2004 as a faculty recruiter. Since then, he has also served as an author of various graduate level courses in teacher leadership, an adjunct professor, doctoral candidate thesis reader, university supervisor in the School Improvement Leadership (SIL) and Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. He assisted in writing the proposal for the recently approved Teacher Leadership in Education Program (TLED).

Prior to joining Olivet, Dr. Rojek held a variety of administrative positions in the educational arena. He served as Associate Superintendent of the District 111 Schools in Burbank, Illinois, for 14 years; Principal of Fry School, Burbank, for two years; and Principal of Queen of the Universe School, Chicago for eight years. He was a junior high classroom instructor in the Chicago Public School System for five years and an instrumental music director in various suburban districts for five years.

Professionally, Dr. Rojek has served in a variety of positions, including: chief negotiator of four teacher/Board of Education collective bargaining agreements; North Central Association chair and peer review team member; coordinator/instructor/facilitator of the Chicago and Burbank chapters of Rainbows for All Children.

Dr. Rojek's professional experience provides him with an extensive and broad base of administrative skills in collective bargaining, personnel management, staff development, labor relations, curriculum and instruction, leadership and fiscal management. Such pragmatic experiences help him to better serve his students with interesting, pertinent and up-to-the-minute information and facts relating to real-world perspectives in education.

When not working at Olivet, Dr. Rojek delights in participating in family activities and gatherings which include his wife, Christine; their four children and spouses; and five grandchildren. He also performs professionally on saxophone, clarinet and flute in music venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.